After four years of blogging here at Mormanity, I’ve just hit my 1000th post. Happy birthday! If you’re new to Mormanity (mormanity.org or mormanity.blogspot.com), this is a solo blog on LDS themes by someone who really enjoys being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more often known to the media by nicknames such as “the Romney religion” or occasionally “the Mormons.”
Thank you to my readers for visiting and also for actively participating in the comments of my posts. For your information, this blog currently gets about 38,000 page views per month. On a typical day, the 1,200+ page views include per day include about 800 to 1000 “unique visitors” according to StatCounter.com, and about 250 returning visitors. Good bloggers and Webmasters don’t share stats, I’ve been told.
While the traffic for this blog is much smaller than for my Website, I’m finding that I’m spending more time working on the blog than the Website, leaving me with even less time to answer the flood of email my Website generates. It’s largely because blogging creates much more of a sense of a living community. Things change daily. The conversation in the comments area is more dynamic and certainly more public than what happens via email. Gaffes get immediately pointed out. Good writing gets immediately ignored (so I’ve heard from those who write that way). All told, it’s a much more engaging medium for an author than Webpages or the two books I’m working on. And did anyone say obsession? No, I’m not that weak. It’s an intelligent choice, not an addiction, right?
As a quick review, here are some of the topics I’ve been covering, with a few sample posts listed (several links are based on search terms and will return a collection of related posts):
1. Book of Mormon: Insights and Evidences for Plausibility
- Evidence from the Arabian Peninsula: Which of the Two Good Candidates for Bountiful is Best?
- Other Posts on Bountifu1 and the Arabian Peninsula
- The Book of Mormon and Meso–america
- Genetics and the Book of Mormon
2. Social Issues and LDS Religion
3. Responding to Critics on Doctrinal Issues
Well, that’s just a handful, but perhaps it gives some idea.
Again, many thanks for reading! Hope I’ll be around for a few more thousand of these.